The Connell Guide to Shakespeare's Hamlet by Professor Graham Bradshaw
  

The Connell Guide to Shakespeare's Hamlet

Written by Professor Graham Bradshaw
Illustrated by

Synopsis

The Connell Guide to Shakespeare's Hamlet by Professor Graham Bradshaw

In the four centuries since Shakespeare's death in 1616, Hamlet has almost always been regarded as Shakespeare's greatest play. This is not surprising. As Barbara Everett has observed, Hamlet was not only the first great tragedy in Europe for two thousand years ; it was, and still is, the world's most sheerly entertaining tragedy, the cleverest, perhaps even the funniest. The character of Hamlet utterly dominates the play he so reluctantly inhabits to a degree that is rivalled only by Prospero in The Tempest. Even when he isn't on stage, speaking nearly 40% of the play's text, the other characters are talking and worrying about him. This is the most obvious reason why Hamlet criticism over the years has been so Hamlet-centred: many critics, from Coleridge through to A. C. Bradley and beyond, see the play and its other characters almost entirely through Hamlet's eyes. In this book Graham Bradshaw sets out to correct this. For in his view the play is no exception to - and indeed can be seen as an extreme example of - Shakespeare's usual dramatic method, which was never to press or even reveal his own view on controversial issues like the divine right of kings or honour or ghosts and purgatory, but to frame these issues by assembling characters who think and feel differently about them. With Shakespeare it is hard, even impossible, to know what he thinks about (say) revenge or incest or suicide - and Hamlet's view is often strikingly different from the views of those around him. If the doubts about whether the Ghost in Hamlet is the messenger of divine justice or a devilish instrument of damnation were ever finally resolved, the play would be diminished, or shrivel into a museum piece.

About the Author

Professor Graham Bradshaw is the author of Shakespeare's Scepticism, described by Harold Bloom as one of the half-dozen or so best modern books about Shakespeare and numerous other books and essays. But he is also a leading authority on Conrad, who he has studied for almost 50 years. A former Professor of English at Chuo University in Tokyo and before that a Reader at the University of St Andrews, he began his career at Cambridge. He is now an Honorary Professor of English and Fine Arts at the University of Queensland.

More books by this author

Other Formats

Book Info

Format

Paperback
128 pages

Author

Professor Graham Bradshaw
More books by Professor Graham Bradshaw

Publisher

Connell Guides

Publication date

27th June 2017

ISBN

9781907776601


I have told all my friends, family & teachers to see for themselves just how great the site is. Without fail, they are hugely impressed.

Alexander Boxall – age 11

It is THE website to use for narrowing down your search for any book. Definitely knocks the socks off any other book review website.

Nickey and Tomasz Hawryszczuk

I think Lovereading4kids is an amazing company because of the friendly staff and the fabulous chance to read great books before publication.

Adam Graham

We love Lovereading4kids because it promotes reading choices, new authors and a sense of community for children of all ages!

Rachel Bridgeman

It is fantastic, you get to read lots of books and you always find something new and amazing in them.

Erica Motoc, age 7

Lovereading4kids is great, we get books really early never late. We love to read and review, and think you would like it too. The excitement

Jasmine Harris-Hart, age 12

It’s really exciting to read and review new books, thrilling to see my reviews online and I love finding the final published copies on sale.

Sam Harper – age 10

This company is amazing; not only is it is a great opportunity to get books and review them but everyone is so friendly and supportive!

Jemma Rubens, age 10
Lovereading

Lovereading 4 schools
****